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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Walter Shewhart

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Walter Shewhart

Dr. Deming was amazing, but who was his teacher? Who produced the PDCA Cycle? Who conceived of Statistical Process Control? The modest man behind the scenes, another fascinating product of the Hawthorne Works, was none other than Walter Shewhart. This year would have marked Walter Shewhart’s 127th birthday – truly…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Taiichi Ohno

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Taiichi Ohno

Who is the The Grand Poobah of Toyota Production System? The Wizard of Lean? His Royal Eminence of Efficiency? Sure, he had some help, but Taiichi Ohno was the behind-the-scenes master of what is now known as Lean Manufacturing. Time to appreciate a significant quality forbear! This year would have…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Sakichi Toyoda

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Sakichi Toyoda

What do you know about Sakichi Toyoda? Did you know he was born on Valentine’s Day? That he started out in the textile business? That he came up with the 5 Whys root cause guessing game? Oh, and that he founded Toyota Industries Company!? This year would have marked Sakichi…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Shigeo Shingo

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Shigeo Shingo

What do you call it when a garage door stops closing before it hits your head? The Hokey Pokey? No, a Poke-yoke! Lucky for us, Dr. Shingo baked this mistake-proofing technique into the Toyota Production System and the rest is history. This year would have marked Shigeo Shingo’s 109th birthday,…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Genichi Taguchi

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Genichi Taguchi

Did Taguchi design Kimonos? He could have, if he’d spent his life working in the family Kimono business (and I’m sure they would have been stunning), but lucky for us, this quality rebel devoted a lifetime to the idea that customers deserved better. This year would have marked Genichi Taguchi’s…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Mikel Harry

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Mikel Harry

If Bill Smith was the father of Six Sigma, Mikel Harry, in his words, was the godfather. We lost Dr. Harry earlier this year but this month would have marked his 66th birthday. Dr. Harry worked with pioneer Bill Smith at Motorola to refine the Six Sigma method and spread…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Joseph M. Juran

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Joseph M. Juran

Dr. Juran was a Quality Man with a Quality Life, and, after celebrating 81 years, clearly a Quality marriage! Time to tip our hats to the man who pointed out that sometimes inspection costs more than the defects themselves. Huzzah! December 24th would have marked Mr. Juran’s 113th birthday -…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Dr. Noriaki Kano

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Dr. Noriaki Kano

Did you know Dr. Kano was a student of Dr. Ishikawa? Did you know Dr. Kano was still with us? Does he know everyone still uses the Kano Model? Would that be a delighter for Dr. Kano? Inquiring minds want to know! This November marks Noriaki Kano’s 77th birthday (we’re…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Dr. W. Edwards Deming

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Dr. W. Edwards Deming

“Don’t rule by fear,” “Stop inspection,” “Remove silos” and "Clarify your purpose.” Dr. Deming’s principles are as applicable today as they were when he was alive. He challenged managers to rule without fear, without targets or quotas and focus instead on setting the stage for pride of workmanship. What workplace…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: James Womack

Grand-Daddy of Quality: James Womack

The Lean Enterprise Institute is coming up on it’s 20th Anniversary which means founder James Womack must be proud! We know he’s proud of his of meeting his daily goal of 10,000 steps. Time to celebrate the nonprofit LEI and its generous founder - Happy Birthday to both of you!…

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